Themed public forum: domestic abuse

Domestic abuse

Date: 25 November 2013
Time: 11am-1.30pm 
Venue: Friends’ Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 6NS

Tony was joined by Jim Battle, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner and Debbie Abrahams MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth to question Greater Manchester Police, Crown Prosecution Service, Magistrates Association and the court service on how they are tackling domestic abuse

Tony visited support groups and organisations and met with victims of domestic abuse throughout November to find out their experiences of the police and court process. Several of the people he met have shared their stories on film, which were screened at the forum.

“This forum brings together the police, CPS and the courts to examine what they’re doing to tackle domestic abuse, hear the testimonies of domestic abuse victims on where agencies have in some cases failed, and make recommendations on how to improve services to make sure that every victim receives a minimum standard from all parts of the criminal justice system.”

“If we are to truly encourage victims to come forward and get help to break the cycle of abuse, all agencies need to work together to make sure they are doing the very best for victims. I’ve heard from many victims and the reality is this doesn’t always happen, causing the victim more distress – this is unacceptable.”

“I’m really pleased to be joined by MP Debbie Abrahams on the panel; she brings a wealth of experience and has been working with the council, police and agencies in her own constituency to make a stand against domestic abuse.”Tony Lloyd

Throughout the month, Tony has been encouraging people to report domestic abuse and raise awareness of the services and support available to victims, including the establishment of Independent Domestic Abuse Advisors and the introduction of Clare’s Law. He is also encouraging councillors, MPs, partner agencies and local people to sign a promise to work together to say no to domestic abuse.

Make your stand against domestic abuse: sign up to the promise

If you, or someone you know, has suffered domestic abuse, help is available. Visit endthefear.co.uk for more information or call Greater Manchester’s domestic abuse helpline on 0161 636 7525.

If there is an immediate risk of harm to someone, or it is an emergency, dial 999.

The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, or Clare’s Law, can be used by anyone concerned over a partner’s abusive behaviour or those concerned about a friend or family member in a relationship and at risk of violence by their partner. For further information or to make a request for information under it, contact Greater Manchester Police on 101 or visit a police station.

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